Improve the look and strength of your teeth at the same time with porcelain veneers.
Tooth veneers are a popular solution for patients that have crooked, chipped, or slightly discolored discolored teeth. On top of this, they can also be used to fill in small spaces between teeth.
In addition to being one of the most popular choices for cosmetic repair, we also frequently recommend them due to their ability to conserve the natural structure of the tooth. Whenever possible, especially when the repair is for purely cosmetic reasons, we recommend veneers over the use of full crown coverage.
“But What ARE Tooth Veneers?”
Classically, a veneer is defined as a “thin decorative covering of fine wood, applied to a coarser wood or material.” This isn’t the type of veneer we’re talking about. But there are some similarities.
A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite material that is attached to the front of your tooth with the primary purpose of improving appearance and providing protection. Ultimately, the end result is a tooth that looks great, natural, and healthy.
“Should I choose porcelain veneers?”
Many patients prefer porcelain veneers because they look slightly more like natural teeth. This also tends to make porcelain veneers slightly more costly than their composite alternative. However, most patients agree that the difference in price is worth it. Granted, keep in mind that dental technology continues to jump leaps and bounds, making composite veneers a viable solution for many patients.
“What is the veneer procedure like?”
The first step of placing a dental veneer is to shape and prepare your tooth for it. This typically involves removing small amounts of your tooth structure to provide enough space for the veneer to fit naturally into your tooth structure. In most cases, only enamel needs to be removed. In most cases, you will normally need to wear temporary dental veneers until your permanent restoration is ready to be placed. If you’re receiving composite veneers they can generally be placed permanently on the same day as your appointment.
“How much do dental veneers cost?”
When porcelain veeners are designed in a dental laboratory with high-tech CAD/CAM technology, they are typically more expensive than a composite veneer. While a custom porcelain veneer can cost , on average, about $800 and last up to 10 or 15 years, a composite veneer can cost between $250 and $500, and will last from 5 to 7 years.
Do you have questions about dental veneers? Our dentists are here to help! If you’re looking for a dentist in Downey to provide veneers, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.